Q: There is a treatment known as PRP (platelet rich plasma). In this treatment, blood is drawn from the patient and then inserted into a machine where it is spun for approximately 30 min until all the components of the blood separate.
It is then the plasma portion of the blood, which is rich in platelets and other proteins that promote healing and growth, that is re-injected into the affected site of the body e.g. an injured muscle, etc.
Generally, PRP is used to promote hair growth, assist with healing tendons and ligaments that are injured, assist with osteoarthritis, assist with healing brain damage, etc.
However, PRP is also used for cosmetic purposes. In this case, the PRP blood-mixture is applied to a person’s face to stimulate the skin and make it look beautiful. This is referred to as a ‘Vampire Facial’.
Is PRP permissible in Islam? If yes, then for which purposes is it permissible?
A: It is permissible as a treatment. Similarly, if done to stimulate the facial skin and remove acne, etc, it will be permissible. Where there is no need e.g. cosmetic reasons, one should refrain from it.
And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.
Mufti Zakaria Makada
Checked & Approved:
Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)